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As autumn draws closer and the leaves begin to fall it's important to take a moment out of our busy lives and remember just how beautiful the season really is.

A study conducted by Stanford University found that walking in nature dense areas has a positive effect on the mind. With this in mind, we at Love Home Swap have put together a list of the best parks to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this autumn.

 

Grant Park, Chicago

As far as urban parks go, Grant Park is one the best America has to offer. If you're visiting Chicago's business district, why not make like the locals and eat lunch in the park? Although as Autumn draws closer, you'll understand where the name 'The Windy City' came from. BRRRR!

 

A photo posted by Sanya Jaffer (@sanyasharose) on Sep 20, 2015 at 8:32pm PDT

 

Audubon Park, New Orleans

As the weather gets colder and more temperamental it's always good to have an indoor option close by whenever you are doing something. Audubon Park in New Orleans is a beautiful park steeped in history but if the weather takes a turn for the worse there is also a zoo and an aquarium.

 

A photo posted by @movingtonola on Sep 5, 2015 at 9:27pm PDT

 

Boston Common, Boston

It's the oldest park in the country. Boston Common has been used for almost anything, from grazing cattle to housing british troops. Nowadays, it makes the perfect place for an autumn evening stroll and while you're there, take a moment to imagine everything that park has seen.

 

A photo posted by Hannah (@smallbaby) on Sep 20, 2015 at 2:25pm PDT

 

High Line, New York

While other parks on this list can brag of a long history, High Line Park is actually totally man made and situated on an elevated section of a disused rail road. So grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks and check out the unrivalled views of the city skyline.

 

A photo posted by Colleen Shea (@colls_shea) on Sep 20, 2015 at 12:36pm PDT

 

Oakland cemetery, Atlanta

Whilst a cemetery doesn't sounds like the most fun place to hangout this one certainly has its perks. If simply walking through a park isn't enough for you, every week there is something fun going on. So if you are a keen photographer or like dressing up in period costumes, keep an eye out.

 

A photo posted by Josh Branham (@joshbranham) on Sep 19, 2015 at 7:43am PDT

 

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

After being named Trip Advisor's best park in the world, Garden of the Gods certainly lives up to its name. There is a free visitor and nature centre but the real draw is the formation of the rocks - it makes for some great photos opportunities. If you're looking for likes on Instagram then you need to grab some snaps here!

 

A photo posted by surah (@parahsentice) on Sep 20, 2015 at 6:18pm PDT

 

Balboa Park, San Diego

San Diego's sunny weather means that Balboa Park is home to many exotic looking plants. There is an array of different gardens to visit, each with their own theme, including a botanical garden and old cactus garden. If the colder weather isn't your cup of tea then Balboa Park will be.

 

A photo posted by @nature_lovexo on Sep 21, 2015 at 8:46am PDT

 

Central Park, New York

Surrounded by some of the world's tallest buildings, Central Park is a regular on our TV screens making it one of the most famous parks and most popular parks to visit in the world. As the leaves begin to fall and the days get shorter grabbing a hot chocolate and wandering through the park is just as romantic as it seems in the movies.

 

A photo posted by Jack Gibbon (@jackgibbon777) on Aug 17, 2015 at 7:38am PDT

 

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Stretching 1017 acres, Golden Gate Park is full of things to do this autumn and perfect for those that want to keep fit. The park boasts playgrounds, lakes monuments and trails meaning that there will be fun for the whole family. If you needed any more persuasion to visit, they even offer a free shuttle bus.

 

A photo posted by Fabinho (@fabiosantossilva) on Sep 19, 2015 at 2:57pm PDT

 

Falls Park on the Reedy, South Carolina

Finally, Falls Park on the Reedy is another fun packed way to spend your autumn. The Liberty bridge is set in beautiful gardens and waterfalls, perfect for an early autumn walk, especially when the leaves have fallen and the trees are bare. If you love to spend your autumn evenings as a family playing in the leaves then this will blow your mind.

 

A photo posted by Kelly Cs (@kellyexplores) on Sep 23, 2015 at 1:10pm PDT

Encanto Park, Phoenix

Encanto takes city parks to another level, with a lagoon, urban fishing and two golf courses there is plenty to do to keep you busy this Autumn. If you looking for an escape from the busy central corridor, then this is the place for you.

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